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Topics discussed include: work at the Weather Bureau, U.S. Air Force, and New York University; Air Resources Laboratory; research on atmospheric diffusion and transport; pollution; carbon dioxide monitoring with Charles D. Keeling at Mauna Loa Observatory; CFC monitoring with James Lovelock; administering programs to set up atmospheric monitoring stations; monitoring stations and their instrumentation development and support.
Descriptions of other Spilhaus oral history interviews that cover childhood as well as career in education and public service; impressions of graduate education at Massachusetts Institute of Technlogy (MIT), early 1930s; work at Sperry Corporation. Meteorological research at MIT (C.-G. Rossby, C. S. Draper); meteorological work with Technical Services, South African Army, 1935-1936. Return to MIT, 1936; develops bathythermograph; life at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Professorship in Meteorology at New York University; impressions of department.